If you’re ready to move forward into 2014 and sustain the progress your organization has made then you need to schedule an Advance meeting of your elected and appointed officials. Way more than a conventional retreat, our approach enables a group to focus on future conditions and generate progressive strategies and innovative tactics to effectively anticipate and respond to changing circumstances. This results in a proactive and dynamic approach to supporting a high-quality, high-performance organization.
“Patrick Ibarra brought a new level of strategic thinking to our annual strategic planning session. He stretched our minds, helped bridge the gap between council members and City staff, and made sure we ended up with a list of goals that could be realistically accomplished. Patrick really brought his knowledge of how cities work to our session, and opened the door for our continuous improvement. I’d recommend Patrick and his team to anyone who wants to bring new energy and productivity to their meetings.”
Tim Reed, Mayor
City of Brookings, South Dakota
With constrained budgets and new service challenges there is a call for innovative, creative thinking in government. The current economic and social environment is pushing governments to make transformational change. Governments are at a crossroads. To meet rising expectations with shrinking resources, they need to make a choice: cut services, increase the tax burden or pursue a more value-oriented agenda that will put them on the path to higher performance. Leading governments are selecting the third option – finding innovative ways to create greater public-sector value from their resources by delivering improved outcomes more cost efficiently.
Organizations are continually presented with unexpected opportunities and unanticipated problems. Hard choices must be made, sometimes quickly, often under conditions in which little is certain. It can be easy to become distracted by these challenges expending time, money, and energy on activities that divert people’s attention from the organization’s principal goals. To avoid these distractions, organization members – including staff from top to bottom – need to understand clearly what the organization’s goals are and what it will take to achieve them. This is where convening elected and senior appointed officials plays a pivotal role.
Assembling this group allows your organization to make fundamental decisions that guide them to a developed vision of the future. To fortify relationships among all members and increase a shared understanding about the future and how the government, in prioritizing services and resources, will determine the best path forward in its quest to deliver high quality public services.
Selection of a facilitator is a key to successful off-site meetings. Experienced facilitators ensure all points of view are aired and considered. We utilize thought-provoking and relevant exercises to actively engage the group, use consensus decision-making techniques, guide group discussions to stay on track, manage conflict using a collaborative approach, and create an environment where members enjoy a positive, growing experience while they work to attain group goals.
Patrick Ibarra is extremely effective as a guide and catalyst partnering with groups by utilizing his in-depth understanding about local government operations with a highly interactive, thought-provoking and practical approach to group facilitation. The result is a unified group recommitted to tackling, with a laser-like focus, today’s toughest challenges confronting local government leaders.
Patrick has worked with a number of governments helping elected and appointed officials translate the headwinds of change into a tailwind. These include the cities of Austin (TX), Brookings (SD), Maricopa (AZ), McKinney (TX), Olathe (KS), San Jose (CA), and Tempe (AZ) as well as Housing Authorities in Alameda (CA) and San Antonio (TX).
Contact Patrick today at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore how he can “Advance” your organization towards a successful 2014 and beyond!
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